Latest by Christine Kennard

How Does Alzheimer's Differ from Other Types of Dementia?

Technically speaking there is no such disease as dementia. The term dementia actually refers to a group of symptoms that accompany certain diseases or conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Various medical conditions can cause or result in dementia...

Caregiver Tips for Coping with Paranoid Behavior in Alzheimer's

Paranoid delusions are distressing symptoms for some people with Alzheimer’s. They are often more common in the later stages of the Alzheimer’s disease. A delusion can be thought of as a false belief that, even in the light of contradictory evidence, ...

Caregiver Skills for Severe Stage Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease can broadly be categorized in seven stages. The severe stage of Alzheimer’s suggests that it is probably around five years since the disease was first diagnosed. Bodily functions are now failing. The caregiver has, over the years, ...

Caregiver Skills in Moderate, Mid Stage Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease can broadly be categorized in seven stages. I have put together some tips to help you become a more effective caregiver during the Moderate stage (5 and 6) of Alzheimer’s. First Big Rule: Caregivers Must Look After Themselves You ...

How Does Alcohol-Related Dementia Differ From Alzheimer's?

Alcohol abuse is recognized as a major health problem in the United States and in many countries throughout the world. Alcohol may cause cognitive problems and in certain conditions may cause dementia. Let’s look at what role alcohol has in causing a...

Seven Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Several models have been developed that describe the progressive worsening of symptoms and the loss of function of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most commonly used is the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) developed by B Reisberg and colleagues. It i...

How Does Dementia Due to Head Injury Differ from Alzheimer's Disease?

A number of medical conditions can cause dementia. Some are reversible while others can lead to more permanent states of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 55 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia due to head injury is comparatively r...

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: What it is and how it Differs from Alzheimer's

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, very rapid progressive form of dementia. Unlike Alzheimer’s where causes have been identified as neurofibrillary tangles and a sticky protein called beta amyloid, in CJD proteinaceous infectious particles, b...

How Does HIV/AIDS Dementia Differ from Alzheimer's?

Infection used to be the main cause of dementia. Treatment for infections and inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) has dramatically decreased the incidence of infection-related dementia. But there has been one infectious disease that has ...

How Does Huntington's Dementia Differ From Alzheimer's?

Huntington’s disease (HD), also known as Huntington’s Chorea, is an inherited progressive form of dementia. The disease, first described by Dr. George Huntington in 1872, is a predominantly inherited one. Although Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be inhe...